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Freebie and the Bean (1974)

San Francisco police detectives Freebie and Bean are determined to bust local crime boss Red Meyers at any cost, even if this means destroying the whole city in the process.

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Cast

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Mildred - Meyers' Wife
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Red Meyers
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Lt. Rosen
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Whitey
Linda Marsh ...
Barbara - Freebie's Girl
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Chauffeur
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D.A.
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Consuelo - Bean's Wife
Christopher Morley ...
Transvestite
Bruce Mackey ...
Floorwalker
Monty Stickles ...
Texas Brawler
Charles Bail ...
Cadillac Salesman (as Chuck Bail)
Eddy Donno ...
Bag Man (as Eddie Donno)
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Storyline

Freebie and Bean, two San Francisco police detectives, have one goal in life: to bring down Red Meyers, a local hijacking boss. After many fruitless months they finally collect an important piece of evidence. However, before they can get an arrest warrant, they hear the news of the hitman being hired to kill Meyers. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Above all... It's a love story.

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

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25 December 1974 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Reportedly, Arkin and Caan's representatives were to meet with Warner Brothers executives to plan a sequel in which the actors re-prised the roles with Arkin directing. See more »

Goofs

When Freebie and the Bean lose the head-on collision battle with the van, their crumbling Ford then makes a right turn down a wrong way street, and collapses on the right-hand side of the street. In the next shot, the car is way on the left and even next to another car which wasn't there previously. See more »

Quotes

Freebie: Hi, Fred. We got a little accident. Could you send a tow truck, please, to 618 Elm Street? Hold it. It's the, uh, third floor, apartment 304.
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Hard Core Man
Vocals by Bobby Hart
Music and lyrics by Dominic Frontiere, Bobby Hart, Danny Janssen
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The most dysfunctional buddy cop movie I've ever saw!
28 April 2006 | by (WILMINGTON, NC) – See all my reviews

Before Riggs and Murtaugh, or even Starsky & Hutch, there's Freebie and The Bean, most in-your face buddy team of the police force. Maybe they are the laughing stock of the police force. These team make Dirty Harry want to change his ways of handling crime. These guys put the P.B. in Police Brutality! But in a funny way! Other than attacking the perpetrators they attack each other. Freebie(James Caan) is a hot-head and practical joker, while Bean(Alan Arkin) is calm in some ways just as the same as Freebie. Ford really put themselves in high gear with their vehicles, and the famous white LTD, took a lot of punishment through the movie. My favorite scenes is where the car leaped off the bridge, and made a window in someone's apartment. Calling a tow truck? HA! You better call a crane instead. While most cops work out their differences, Freebie and the Bean handle their way, they go at each others throats! This movie is funny, scary, and adventurous all together, with the choice of stars, everything was pulled off great. And how. What a comedy! While you have a chance. 4 out of 5 stars.


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